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Prague Still Life

Posted: September 11, 2012 in Blog
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There are many great places you can shoot in Prague. Some of them are very well known like Prague Castle, National Theater, Museum, The Dancing House etc. But sometimes you’ll find yourself on a location that isn’t so common to shoot on but still can be a great place to produce some fine shots. One of this places is right next to John Lennon’s Wall. When you walk on the near bridge you can shoot bars with locks and on the opposite side are these buildings and nice view.

When I’m shooting I always try to look left, right, back, up and down. Looking just in front of myself won’t get you any better shots because a lot of times other people can see this too. Almost everybody was looking and taking photos of the lock bars but only I was taking photos also in a second direction.

I have to return to this place, the light was great but not so great. Dusk or dawn will be better for shooting. Anyway, here is the photo I was talking about.

Technical Stuff:
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Lens: Canon EF 28-70mm f/3.5-4.5 @30mm
Aperture: f/16
Shutter Speed: 0.6s
ISO: 100
WB: Temp 6000K/Tint 0
Processing: Nik HDR Efex, Lightroom, Photoshop, Nik Color Efex

Miroslav Petrasko is great HDR photographer from Slovakia, you can check his work right here, and was visiting Prague. We managed to do a photowalk together and captured some really nice images. We started out at Railroad bridge but unfortunately I got card error and all my images from the beginning of walk are gone 😦 I was upset because one of the finest photos were there …

Anyway, we were shooting sunset above Prague from Žižkovsky transmitter. Too bad there was a reconstruction and everything was dirty including glass we were shooting through. Here is one of the better images I took.

Sunset above Prague

A lot of people get longer lenses just because they can get closer to their subject. I don’t argue with them but they don’t realize with zooming in the perspective changes also. If you don’t know what I’m talking about just check this video.

Both companies came out with their flagships in DSLRs and some people were arguing which one is better. Two guys made a comparison video listed bellow this text and you can check it on your own.

I was shooting with both and to be honest, 1D X is awesome camera and I wouldn’t switch to D4. As a last thing I’d like to say just one simple sentence. Camera doesn’t make a picture, photographer does.

Prague is a beautiful city. There are so many things everybody can do and it’s very tourist-friendly oriented. Almost all the time I’m shooting I want to do it during dawn. It is somehow different than dusk, light looks better at least for me, there aren’t many people outside, streets are calm. After few times doing this I’d pick shooting at sunrise in 90% over sunset shoot. This means not getting enough sleep and waking up early. On the other hand, images look a lot better.

I’ll make tomorrow a shot video about processing this HRD shot so stay tuned-in. Click on photo larger and better view.

This tip isn’t a huge secret but a lot of people don’t care about it. Do you want great landscape photos? Shoot at dawn or dusk. You can have the perfect landscape in front of your camera, best composition ever, but if light sucks, your photos sucks too. You won’t get the best light at 2 pm or 4 pm but only during sunrise and sunset. And of course, you need to be lucky to have everything work out in the scene.

Take a look at this video. You won’t see a single photo taken during other times of day than dusk and dawn.

The Arctic Light from TSO Photography on Vimeo.

Great video from amazing photographer Peter Hurley.

Are you going to Hawaii for a landscape shoot? Here is some inspiration.

aFeinberg – The Documentary from BROVADO Weddings on Vimeo.